About Us  

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We offer quality Montessori education for up to 20 children between the ages of three and five years. We are passionate about providing a welcoming place for all children and families. 

We want to give each child the best start in their learning journey where they will love to learn and feel part of a very special community.  With support, encouragement and guidance every child will learn and discover at their own pace and in their own unique way within a Montessori learning environment. Our preschool is well resourced with Montessori learning materials and is a member of the Early Childhood Council and Montessori Association of NZ.


St Nicholas Montessori College Dublin

Diploma in Montessori Education

2 1/2 years - 5 years of age

Diploma in Montessori Education

5 - 7 year old

Diploma in Montessori Education

7 - 12 year old


Dip Early Childhood Education

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University of Otago College of Education


Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

                                        Head Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Cynthia Copeland and I am the head teacher/owner of Windsor Montessori Preschool. I trained at St. Nicholas Montessori College Dublin where I  gained my qualifications to teach Montessori at both preschool and at primary school levels. I have taught in Dublin, Ireland and in an International Montessori School in Paris, France. I came to New Zealand to help establish a Montessori preschool in Nelson for a group of enthusiastic parents wanting a Montessori based preschool for their tamariki/children.

I moved to Invercargill with my husband Steve and our two children in 2008.  Since then I have taught in a variety of Invercargill preschools and kindergartens, where I have enjoyed working alongside many wonderful teachers, children and families. 

I feel privileged to be doing what I love, seeing tamariki grow into confident independent and happy little people as they embark on a journey of discovery and learning.




Kia ora! My name is Mel Lemm and I am a fully qualified and registered ECE kaiako/teacher. I trained at the Southland Campus of the University of Otago College of Education where I gained my ECE teaching degree, and I also have certificates in Te Ara Reo Māori, Tikanga Māori and New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).
Like Cynthia, I too have taught in a variety of Invercargill preschools and
kindergartens, and I also have experience working as a visiting
kaiako/teacher in the home-based ECE sector. These teaching opportunities
have been invaluable in terms of the knowledge and experience I have gained
whilst working with the many tamariki/children, whānau/families and
kaiako/teachers, of whom I have numerous and very fond memories. During
these tenures, I collaborated with respective whānau and my teaching teams
to conceptualise, plan and implement various creative and practical learning
experiences for the tamariki I worked with; including sustainability
initiatives, kapa haka, and more recently, practices of social and emotional
learning (SEL).
I’m super excited to work alongside Cynthia as we come together to realise
her Montessori teaching dream to sow the seeds of learning for an
‘education for life’ in our tamariki. Working with our smaller group of
tamariki allows us to ensure high quality, authentic learning experiences that
honour and embrace the Montessori teaching philosophy, whilst we also
weave together and respectfully celebrate NZ’s bi-cultural ECE curriculum
of Te Whāriki. Having the best of both worlds will not only make for a unique
and holistic ‘kiwi’ learning experience for our tamariki, it will also empower
them to discover their own identities as they become the capable and
competent individuals they were born to be.